Definition of Mohiniattam in English:


Pronunciation /məʊˈhiːnɪˌatam/


(also Mohini Attam)
  • Any of a repertory of Indian dances for women on the theme of love, originally from Kerala in south-western India.

    Mohini-attam is influenced by Kathakali and is characterized by a gentle and graceful style.


1940s. From Tamil mohinīāṭṭam from Mohinī, the name in Sanskrit of a celestial nymph or apsara, regarded as the supreme seductress of Hindu mythology (from Sanskrit mohinī, feminine of mohin bewildering, infatuating) + Tamil āṭṭam dance.